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One year after surgery, why am I still in pain?!
This week, I saw my neck surgeon for the one year appointment, and he said that my fusion is solid, but he has no idea why I am still in so much pain. Right after my surgery, he told me that when he did my ACDF C5-6, that I had one of the biggest bone spurs compressing the nerve root that he'd ever seen and removed.
My surgeon and regular doctor have no idea why I have the same pain that I had before surgery. I actually think it is worse, but it's been a gradual worsening. My symptoms are:
- sharp pain at the base of my neck, like a pinched nerve feel
- right hand and arm pain and weakness
- neck pain at where the C5-6 site is on the right & back
- migraine headaches that come when I do much & irritate it
The post operation MRI and x-rays do not show any reason for the pain. I do not know what to do next. I'm afraid that it looks like I'm making things up for pain meds, but I'm not!
Does anyone have any idea why the pain is still there?
What should I do?
Thank you, Dee